Arise Sir Lewis! Pressure grows to knight seven-time Formula One champion Hamilton with Lord Hain set to write to Prime Minister Boris Johnson about a promotion from his MBE in the New Years’ honours list

Lewis Hamilton was hailed as Britain’s greatest ever sportsman after winning his seventh world title, increasing pressure for his achievements to be rewarded with a knighthood. Other sports stars paid tribute to Hamilton, with former England captain Rio Ferdinand, saying: ‘Lewis is the greatest sportsman this country has ever produced – no doubts. Lewis Hamilton was hailed as Britain’s greatest sportsman after winning his seventh F1 title. Mercedes driver Hamilton (above) won Istanbul’s Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday to seal the title. Ex-cabinet minister Lord Hain (above) will write to Boris Johnson for a Hamilton knighthood. Ex-England star Gary Lineker was one of several sportspeople to congratulate Hamilton.

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